Language: Akawaio is a Cariban language of South America,
closely related to
Macushi. It is spoken by 5000 people in Guyana, Brazil and Venezuela.
Akawaio is an agglutinative
language with complex verb morphology. Word order is primarily SOV.
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In their own language, the Akawaio people call themselves Kapon, which means "people of the sky."
Variants of the same name are used by several different Carib tribes in this region, so the people also use the Spanish name
Akawaio (a corruption of a native name for a ritual herb) to refer to their group specifically.
Another commonly used name for the Akawaios is Ingariko, which means "mountain people" in the neighboring Pemon language
and is used by them as a collective name for all the Kapon tribes.
Waicį, an indigenous word meaning "warrior"
or "enemy," is another term that has been used to refer to a number of different tribes but particularly the Akawaios of Venezuela.
Additional spellings of these names include Kapong, Kapón, Akawayo, Acawaio, Acahuayo, Acawayo, Akawai, Acawai, Accaway,
Acawoio, Accawai, Akaway, Acaguayo, Acewaio, Guacavayo, Okawalho, Wakawaio, Akawoi, Accoway, Acquai, Acawey, Acuwey,
Akawasche, Ingarikó, Ingarico, Engarico, Waica, Waika, and Guaica.